Ambulance staff to press on with strikes

Ambulance staff across the North West have stepped up their long-running pay dispute and are set to take industrial action every weekend up to October.

Brushing up on some construction site Curling skills are Ameon's George Guy, Anton Willis and Lyndon Brook at the Flower Bowl at Barton Grange where the team has installed hi-tech heat recovery and moisture extraction equipment

Hi-tech building services team's cool moves

Any development which will boast sheep grazing on the roof, while people below trying their hand at the Olympic sport of curling, on an ice rink, surely must be classed as cool.
Cuadrilla's drilling rig soon to be dismantled. On the right can be seen the two flare towers ready for the gas flow testing

Cuadrilla gets ready to take down drill rig at Preston New Road site

Shale gas firm Cuadrilla has finished drilling its second horizontal well at its Preston New Road site.

Unemployment is down

Unemployment falls to record low but wage growth slows

The Government, business groups and unions have welcomed another increase in the number of people in work, but worries continue on the pace of pay growth.

County Hall

An extra £2.5m to help flow of traffic

County Hall could spend an extra £2.5m on improving traffic flow over the next four years.

Success - the winning pictures in Create Longridge 2018.'Wayne Hayhurst (Raymond James Investment Services) and Peace Townsend (Hoppy Days)  with first prize winner Adam Ralston (third from left) and Andrew Farmer (right) who came second.  Peace  is holding the painting by John McCloskey who won third place.

Create Longridge puts town in the picture

What a picture! Visitors to Longridge had the opportunity to say that 66 times over as they viewed the work of the artists competing for a coveted prize in the annual Create Longridge event.

Lancashire university students could be eligible for a refund on their TV licence. (s)

Cash-strapped students could receive £50 TV Licence refund

More than 72,000 university students in Lancashire could be eligible for a £50 TV Licence refund.

Amanda Thompson speaking at the launch of the 16m Icon rollercoaster in May

Amanda’s honour at ‘Power 10’ listing

Blackpool Pleasure Beach boss Amanda Thompson has been named the world’s most influential woman in the theme park industry.

It's coming home

Virgin Trains gives ticket restrictions the boot to get fans home to watch England

Today Virgin Trains are removing ticket restrictions on all of its services to help England fans get home earlier for tonight’s semi-final match against Croatia.

Mark Nordwind from Home and HQ said the Geordie Shore cast (above from 2016) finished filming and went away happy

Blackpool club’s boss denies fight report

The owner of a Blackpool nightclub has denied claims a ‘fight’ cut short filming by reality TV show Geordie Shore.


REVEALED: Shoplifting on the increase across Lancashire

Online marketplace investigated the total number of shoplifting offences recorded by 42 police forces across England and Wales last year. This is what they found.

A multi-screen cinema is part of the Houndshill development

Work starts on plan to transform Blackpool town centre

Progress on four projects in Blackpool town centre is moving ahead – paving the way for a multi million pound transformation of key sites.

Bowland Wild Boar Park, Chipping

Family days out: Bowland Wild Boar Park

Situated in the heart of the Forest of Bowland National Park it sits on the banks of the River Hodder. Surrounded by fells and woodland teeming with wildlife and wildflowers it is a great family day out for those who enjoy fresh air, fun in the outdoors or simply want to explore the countryside.

The Red Arrows kick off the weekend on Friday night

What's on and when this weekend at Southport Airshow, and when the Red Arrows are landing in Blackpool

Eyes to the skies this weekend as historical aircraft and fast noisy jets perform thrilling and daring aerobatics over the beach in Southport.

Whats on
The Preston New Road fracking site entrance in June last year a week after the incident occurred

Anti-fracker threatened Cuadrilla guard with ‘snitches get stitches’ jibe, court told

An attempt to storm the security fence surrounding the Cuadrilla gas exploration site was a ruse, a court heard.


In pictures - The retro summer treats we used to love

We're in the middle of a heatwave, and with the mercury set to stay in the mid-20s for at least the next week, we take a look at some of the icy treats we used to love.


Craig's fab-u-lous new wax figure waltzes into attraction

In a tuxedo as sparkly as Strictly Come Dancing’s famous glitterball trophy, Craig Revel Horwood’s new wax figure has been unveiled at Blackpool Tower Ballroom.

Cuadrilla site at Preston New Road

Anti-frackers’ water supply call

Anti-fracking campaigners protesting at the Preston New Road site have highlighted fracking’s potential impact on the water supply.

Very low water levels at Wayoh Reservoir, Entwistle. Photo: Phil Taylor

Hosepipe ban if hot weather continues

A hosepipe ban is on the horizon if hot weather continues, a water firm has warned.

Manchester Airport is 80 years old

It is 80 years since Manchester Airport opened, Suzannah Rogerson looks at the early days of a place visited by thousands of Lancastrians every day
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